When Koko Taylor gets into her groove with "I'm a Woman" and lays it down: "I'm a woman/I'm a love maker/I'm a woman/You know I'm an earth-shaker"—well, she's everything listeners want in a blu

When Koko Taylor gets into her groove with "I'm a Woman" and lays it down: "I'm a woman/I'm a love maker/I'm a woman/You know I'm an earth-shaker"—well, she's everything listeners want in a blues singer. Her performance is visceral and passionate. Since her first Chess album in 1969, Taylor has been giving her audience it's money's worth. Her Alligator discography is an aural portrait of an artist at the height of her power and charisma, and the 15 songs selected for this collection provide an excellent summary of that discography. Taylor covers major ground here, from the light-hearted romp "Sure Had a Wonderful Time Last Night" to the cautionary tale "Stop Watching Your Enemies," from the slow-burner "Time Will Tell" to the sensual intensity of "Come to Mama," as well as her thoroughly rowdy signature tune, "Wang Dang Doodle." Guest appearances by Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Pinetop Perkins, Carey Bell, and Mighty Joe Young are a great bonus for blues fans. Ditto for the previously unreleased track, "Man Size Job," which is classic Koko.—PVV